Jussier Formiga competed on the main card of UFC Fight Night Nashville, defeating Deiveson Figueiredo by unanimous decision.
UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo is expected to face Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title, which is a move that Formiga believes is motivated by money.
“I think this thing Cejudo is doing, of fighting at 135, is more for him to make money,” Formiga said backstage after the event (via Fernanda Prates & Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “I think a true champion fights in their division. If he moves up to 135, I want to fight for the (interim) title, against whomever it is. With Benavidez or whomever it is.”
Formiga is expected to fight Joseph Benavidez on the same card as the potential bantamweight title fight, but nothing has been made official at this time.
The fighter was still a victorious one at UFC Fight Night Nashville and Formiga is proud of his performance.
“I feel very happy with a job well done,” Formiga said. “We did great training, a great camp for this. So I’m very happy I got this win against a top-5.”
TJ Dillashaw was the UFC Bantamweight Champion, but relinquished the gold due to adverse findings in a drug test in line with UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.